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Return of Mackay-Steven hands Celtic boss Rodgers lift ahead of busy month

Published 02/12/2016

Boost: Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
Boost: Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to seeing Gary Mackay-Steven in a Celtic shirt as he prepares for a busy December.

After recovering from an ankle operation at the end of last season, the 26-year-old winger was on the bench for last week's Betfred Cup final win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park, his first involvement with a Hoops squad since Northern Irishman Rodgers took over in the summer.

Starting with the trip to Motherwell tomorrow, the champions will play eight Ladbrokes Premiership games before the turn of the year, with their final Champions League group fixture against Manchester City also lying ahead next Tuesday.

With that congested fixture list in mind, manager Rodgers will utilise his squad, with Mackay-Steven of particular interest.

The former Swansea and Liverpool manager said: "I have a number of boys here who have been absolutely brilliant in training every day.

"Gary Mackay-Steven is really up to speed in terms of his fitness and I am actually looking forward to seeing Gary play again.

"It has been very difficult for him because he missed out over the course of pre-season and by the time he was coming back the team was up and running."

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